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Local elementary schools dive into composting

GLOVER — School cafeterias across Northern Vermont are closing the food cycle as they lead the way in diverting food scraps from landfills through composting. More than ten Northeast Kingdom elementary schools that work with Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS), a nonprofit in Newport that works with schools to plant schools gardens, provide nutrition and agriculture… Keep Reading


Orleans man loses truck, four-wheeler in garage fire

ORLEANS — A fire broke out at a garage on Water Street in Orleans on Tuesday. At around 12:30 p.m. firefighters were notified of the blaze. The garage belonged to Tony Mason. Mason lost a truck, tools, and an off-road vehicle in the fire. Crews from Orleans and Barton worked to contain the fire, keeping… Keep Reading

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Body of missing Island Pond man found

ISLAND POND — Vermont State Police say that the body of Quincy O’Gorman, 23, was recovered today at around 10 a.m. During a search of area properties by local residents, searchers found O’Gorman deceased within the Lightning Brook in Brighton, also known as the Clyde River, in an area ¼ mile southwest of where he… Keep Reading


Woman killed in head-on collision on I-91 in Barton

BARTON — A 45-year-old woman was killed in a car crash on I-91 in Barton, Monday evening. The incident took place at around 8:00 p.m. Police say Stacy Bissell, 45, of White River Junction, was traveling southbound on I-91 when her 2014 Honda Accord traveled through the median and into the northbound lanes. Bissell’s vehicle… Keep Reading

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Police looking for missing Island Pond man

ISLAND POND — Police are looking for a missing 23-year-old man, who was last seen in Island Pond on New Year’s Eve. At around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, the Vermont State Police were alerted to the missing man, identified as Quincy O’Gorman, of Island Pond. O’Gorman was last seen at approximately 11:00 p.m. on December… Keep Reading


Newport police expand dispatch services

NEWPORT — Chief Seth DiSanto announced that as of yesterday, the Newport Police Department has expanded its dispatch services to include the Irasburg Fire Department and Newport Ambulance Service. The dispatch center, located at the Newport Police Department, also handles services for the Newport Fire Department. Dispatch service hours run Monday through Friday, from 7… Keep Reading


Kehler Brothers of Jasper Hill purchase and conserve 51 acres

GREENSBORO — Brothers Andy and Mateo Kehler purchased 51 acres in Greensboro and conserved the land with the Vermont Land Trust as part of their effort to expand their cheese businesses at the Cellars at Jasper Hill. Andy and Mateo started Jasper Hill Farm in 2003, milking 15 heifers in an old tie-stall barn. Thirteen… Keep Reading


Smoking, oxygen tank causes fire in Brownington

BROWNINGTON — A Brownington man was kept overnight at North Country Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after a fire started in his home Thursday morning. Authorities say Joseph Aroh was in his living room having a cigarette while using an oxygen tank at around 9:30 a.m. when the fire broke out at the… Keep Reading


Lake Seymour Farm to protect over 500 acres for agriculture

MORGAN — Jim and Sharlyn Jordan’s farm is well-known, with its extensive fields running along both sides of Route 111 for 1.5 miles, just east of Lake Seymour. The land has long been used as a dairy farm. Jim’s father, a veterinarian, started the family business in the 1950s. He bought 500 acres and built… Keep Reading


Burke Mountain named first official U.S. Ski Team Development Site

EAST BURKE — Burke Mountain Academy celebrated the grand opening of the Ronnie Berlack Center, a $2.8 million, 15,000 square foot, state of the art indoor athletic facility this past weekend, marking a new era for the athletic development of Burke student-athletes and ski racers around the country. The academy also announced a comprehensive new… Keep Reading


Irasburg receives $8,000 municipal planning grant

IRASBURG — The Irasburg Selectboard announced that the town has been awarded $8,000 in state funding to support the completion of a town plan. Awarded through a competitive application process, the grant comes at a particularly welcome moment as Irasburg’s Planning Commission wrestles with complex new state energy planning standards. The municipal planning funds, appropriated… Keep Reading

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